Wow --- I said the same thing previous post, before I read this; you said it better! :-)Is that saying God directs the path of all people as you apparently believe? No. I don't think you understand what that verse means.
Prov 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Here is another verse that sheds some light on what that verse means:
Prov 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
He doesn't direct the steps of the wicked, He directs the steps of those who indicate to Him that they want to follow Him.How many people here believe that Proverbs16:4 asserts "God creates men to be wicked"?But what you don't understand is that man is responsible to choose to indicate to God that he wants to follow Him and that he wants God to direct his steps. People aren't puppets with strings that God pulls to do what He wants. Unfortunately, that is probably how you understand that verse. God will show us the way and direct our steps IF we acknowledge Him in all our ways and make the effort to submit to Him and follow Him. It is our responsibility to willingly submit to His direction.
God directs our steps, through faith; not apart from.
In so many ways, "Reformed Theology" is backwards. Jesus said that refusing to come to Him to have life, is "stealing God's glory". John5:39-47!How is submitting to God and acknowledging Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior while also acknowledging that you are a sinner in need of God's mercy and forgiveness a case of stealing glory from God? You are equating someone humbling themselves with glorifying themselves. That makes no sense. That's like saying that humbly accepting help from someone when you're in need means you are doing it to receive glory.Jesus calls those WHO believe "wise", but those who WILL not believe "foolish" (Matt7:24-27). Being wise enough to accept His gracious gift robs nothing of the gift; it grants no merit or boast to the receiver, the value of the gift remains forever OF the gift. And in no way could men be wise TO receive grace, or foolish TO reject it, if it was GOD really making the decision.Have you ever accepted help or a gift from someone? If so, did you do it for your own glory or because you were humbled by their graciousness? Did you deserve some kind of credit for merely accepting their help or their gift?
That's what this whole discussion is about --- who ultimately makes the conscious decision for us to be in eternity with God? Or who will suffer eternal wrath?
Reformed Theology: "It is ultimately GOD'S decision."
Scripture: "It is MEN'S decision, each judged for his own choice."
In these discussions we've seen so many verses that cast full responsibility on US --- Rom2:4-8 is startlingly clear for one. AND the responsibility for CONTINUING in salvation --- how are we to twist 1Tim4:16 into something other than our conscious and continued decision?
"Take care about yourself and your teaching; PERSEVERE in these things; as you do you will SAVE YOURSELVES..."
Peter says exactly the same thing in 2:1:5-11, warning us (against the man who fell from salvation!) to make our calling and election firm/steadfast!
Tell me again who it is that makes our election steadfast?
"By your endurance, save your souls." Luke21:19.
Jesus said that, I believe it! So did Peter, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke John, James, Jude, David, Ezekiel (etcetera, etcetera...)